Who Am I? Here’s the Quick & Dirty Version
I turn wickedly strong tea into imaginative fiction. When I’m not creating worlds or tormenting my characters, I conjure homemade wine, plod around in the garden, and travel near and far (or at least dream about doing so).
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Maybe You’d Like to Know a Bit More?
I’m an award-winning author who turns wickedly strong tea into imaginative fiction. With a creative and curious mind, my stories run the gamut from historical fantasy to modern day paranormal to humor-laced horror.
I’ve also recently taken on the job of hosting of The Book Owl Podcast where I explore the tales of quirky books and literary lore. It’s a book nerd’s paradise over there so be sure to give it a try wherever you listen to podcasts.
Anyway, back to my writing world…
My flagship series, The Osteria Chronicles, takes readers into a world in which the gods, heroes, and myths of Ancient Greece come to life as you’ve never seen them before. From gods behaving badly to heroes battling internal and external monsters, the six-book collection has been “highly recommended” by many, deemed as a “guilty pleasure” by some,
Also set in the world of Osteria is my serialized novel Domna, an epic tale of a woman whose life changes when she reprimands the wrong man. As she struggles through a world full of vicious ambition and betrayal, she quickly learns that destiny isn’t given by the gods. It’s made by cunning, endurance, and, at times, bloodshed.
Warning: You may lose many hours once you begin Domna’s tale. As one reader noted, there was “so much political intrigue, betrayal and backstabbing I just HAD to keep on reading.”
When I’m not creating worlds or killing off characters, I tackle the jungle that is my back yard, conjure up batches of homemade wine and bread, and dream of my next travel adventure (which right now, may be a long ways off).
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Still not enough? Well, here’s more about me than you could ever hope to know!
As odd as it may sound, I have a background in science and over ten years of experience working in laboratories as a chemist and research assistant in behavioral neuroscience. I wrote my first book about 20 years ago. It was awful. Truly, truly awful, and was a complete(ly horrible) rip-off of Stephen King’s The Stand.
I wrote another book a couple years later. It was about this time that the I-want-to-be-published bug bit. Unfortunately, my story-telling ability hadn’t improved much and I was the proud recipient of many, many, MANY rejection notices.
I had no idea what I was doing (still don’t) and thought I only needed to get some publications under my belt to make agents and publishers come flocking. So, I began writing non-fiction articles, essays, web content, and short stories. This didn’t help me win the hearts of any publishers, but it did improve my writing and even earned me a few awards for my words.
I kept writing long fiction, kept learning, and kept stacking away manuscripts because (although they were far better than my first two disgraces) none of them ever screamed “Publish Me!!!”
The Main Plot
There was a lot of change going on around this time. Life changes meant my grant-funded job was going away at the same time my husband earned a promotion. This both forced me (in the former case) and allowed me (in the latter) to quit my day job. Digital and social changes also meant self-publishing was slowly becoming more accepted as a viable way for creative entrepreneurs to build a career.
When I wrote The Trials of Hercules (after a couple false starts), I knew I had something publishable. I also realized it could work into a series. I published it and set about to writing the next book (which is when I discovered I really should have planned the series before starting that second book, but every mistake is a chance to learn, right?).
When the reviews started coming in for Hercules, I was nervous. Would people like it? Would they “get” it? Was it stupid and silly? Turns out the reviews were amazing. And they were from people I didn’t even know! No bribery or anything. My confidence soared and I’ve been cobbling away at the series ever since.
The Plot Twist
I have floundered around several times during all this. I’ve published a few non-fiction books I now can’t believe I unleashed on the public, and a surge of writing frustration/insecurity between Books Two and Three of the Osteria Chronicles had me on the verge of giving up on writing altogether.
As they say, the only person to blame for your lack of success is yourself, which is why I’ve been nailing down some concrete goals I want to achieve with my writing and studying how to make those goals happen. Now I’m eagerly looking forward to the next year of writing and publication.
In November 2017, I released The Maze of Minos: Book Three of the Osteria Chronicles, and Book Four (The Bonds of Osteria) was released in May 2018.
At the beginning of 2019, I released Domna (which was serialized into six parts). This book has a strong basis in Roman history, with a good dose of mythology, and is set in the world of Osteria long before The Trials of Hercules begins.
I’m currently in the midst of cobbling together Books Five and Six of the Osteria Chronicles and have plans for another series. Expect to see all of these in 2020.
And Now, Some Legal Tidbits…
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